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Academic sparks really start to fly each spring, with signature events like the Mount David Summit and the Honors Banquet, as well as frequent announcements of postgraduate academic honors. In 2008, Jordan Williams ’08 of Chicago won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for a year of travel and research abroad, and Shawna-Kaye Lester ’08 of St. Catherine, Jamaica, earned a graduate-study scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation worth up to $50,000 annually for up to six years. Meanwhile, three seniors and one alumna received Fulbright postgraduate research grants, Bates’ highest one-year total ever.

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